The injury situation just doesn’t get any better. News broke this morning that City captain and talisman Vincent Kompany will be out even longer than expected (again). Not much longer, but it could mean he will miss the big game against Spurs following the international break.
Belgium team doctor Lieven Maesschalck has been in England to give his own assessment of Kompany and told Sky Sports today:
“I think Vincent is going to be ready in several weeks. We will do everything we can to bring back Vincent in a good way for a long time.”
“First of all he had a rupture, a tear into the abductor and then also he has bad luck with a small thing on the front side now, so it’s everything together.”
“It’s not really so long – eight weeks is nothing in the time of injury. You must respect biology.”
If all goes well, Kompany should be back for City’s brutal December schedule that will see the Blues play 9 games in 28 days.
If you missed our blog exclusive this morning by my colleague, City have made an offer in the last two weeks for St. Etienne defensive starlet Kurt Zouma.
19-year-old Zouma has been tracked by City and most of Europe’s top clubs for a few years now and has been playing first-team football for the French side since 2011. He is a strong and athletic defender who scouts believe could go on to be one of Europe’s best.
Zouma is currently banned for 10 games after a nasty tackle that broke a player’s leg, but City are pressing ahead and trying to thrash out a deal. For full details, check out our story.
Dzeko’s contract expires at the end of the 2014/15 season and despite saying that Dzeko would be his first-choice striker this season, but it would appear that Pellegrini has lost some of that faith in him.
The arrival of Alvaro Negredo and his big impact on the team has meant Dzeko once again finds himself as third choice striker and made his feelings known on his situation when speaking to the press at weekend.
According to the report, City would like to recoup as much of the £27million they paid as possible, but with his contract starting to tick down the club will probably have to accept some sort of loss.
Borussia Dortmund, Inter and Roma are among the teams thought to be interested in Dzeko, while Arsenal are also monitoring him according to the Daily Mail.
More on Micah Richards, whose future is still up in the air despite his public remarks that he’d like to stay at City.
Micah told the press recently that he’d like to spend the next 10 years at the club where he developed as a footballer through the academy, but new comments to The Sun suggest he has become a little more open about his future.
“I’m 25 and you really want to be playing every week. If I can do that here, it would be perfect.”
“I don’t really ever want to leave City, but there might come a time when I have to assess it and see where I am.”
Arsenal and Newcastle are among the teams interested in the City academy graduate should he opt to leave, but according to Italian website CalcioMercato, there is also interest from wealthy French club Monaco, who along with Arsenal have requested information on him, but made no official contact.
Several Italian clubs, including Napoli and Roma, also continue to monitor Micah’s contract situation according to the Italian media.
Another day, another goalkeeper. Corriere dello Sport ran the story today that City have have been “taking detailed information” on Inter and Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
Handanovic, who is 29 and approaching his peak years, is a bona fide world class goalkeeper and Inter would not let him go cheap, with the report saying that the Serie A club would ask at least £16.8million to part with his services.
City’s oldest player Ron Dellow has passed away at the age of 99.
It was thought and even written by the club that 92-year-old George Smith was the oldest player upon his passing in July, but then Dellow, who played for the Blues in the 1935/36 season, was found to be alive and living in the Netherlands.